Eileen Gallagher is a girl I first spoke with loads of years previously. She relates how a superb buddy of hers – Janice Tompkins – underwent some type of very traumatic, late-night sighting with what can solely be termed a British Man of the woods. The position was the picturesque English village of Toddler’s Ercall and the time: the early Nineteen Seventies. Situated in north Shropshire, Toddler’s Ercall has origins that date correct once more to Celtic situations and its church – St. Michael’s – to the twelfth Century. Nonetheless, in all of its just a few years, the village definitely under no circumstances sooner than, and presumably under no circumstances since too, encountered such a scary beast as that throughout the story suggested to Eileen by her childhood best good buddy.
So the story went, it was once more in 1971, and Janice was fifteen on the time, and dwelling in a close-by village. One factor abominable was about in a position to radically upset the identical outdated tranquil calm of outdated Toddler’s Ercall. After an evening spent alongside along with her then-boyfriend on the residence of his dad and mother in Toddler’s Ercall, Janice was thankfully utilizing her bicycle once more residence when she was shocked to see a giant, bushy animal dash all through the freeway instantly in entrance of her, whereas concurrently evident at her in a distinctly menacing pattern as a result of it did so. Eileen Gallagher recalled that Janice suggested her that the animal was no more than forty ft in entrance of her, was human-like in kind, was coated in prolonged flowing darkish hair, possessed a pair of shiny yellow eyes that “twinkled,” and had a black-skinned and “shiny” face.
Moderately bizarrely, the Man of the woods-style entity seen by Janice in Toddler’s Ercall was not the one weird creature talked about to have inhabited this in another case fully common and good little English village in situations earlier. Legend has it that centuries previously a deadly mermaid was believed by many to inhabit an outdated pool there. In 1893, the creator Robert Charles Hope described the story as follows:
“…there was a mermaid seen there as quickly as. It was a superb whereas previously, sooner than my time. I dare say it might be 100 years previously. There have been two males going to work early one morning, and they also had acquired as far as the side of the pond in [a] space, and they also observed one factor on the very best of the water which scared them not a bit. They thought it was going to take them straight off to the Outdated Lad himself! I can’t say exactly what it was like, I wasn’t there, you acknowledge; nonetheless it was a mermaid, the equivalent as you study of throughout the papers.
“The fellows had almost run away at first, that they had been so frightened, nonetheless as shortly as a result of the mermaid had spoken to them, they thought no further of that. Her voice was so sweet and good, that they fell in love alongside along with her there after which, every of them. Correctly, she suggested them there was a treasure hidden on the bottom of the pond – lumps of gold, and no person is conscious of what. And he or she would give them as loads as ever they favored if they may come to her throughout the water and take it out of her arms.
“So that they went in, though it was almost as a lot as their chins, and he or she dived into the water and launched up a lump of gold almost as giant as an individual’s head. And the lads had been merely going to take it, when one in all them talked about: ‘Eh!’ he talked about (and swore, you acknowledge), ‘if this isn’t a bit little bit of luck!’ And, my phrase, if the mermaid didn’t take it away from them as soon as extra, and gave a scream, and dived down into the pond, and they also observed no further of her, and acquired none of her gold. And nobody has ever seen her since then. Little doubt the story as quickly as ran that the oath which scared the uncanny creature involved the purpose out of the Holy Title.”
In view of all the above, must we ponder Child’s Ercall to be one factor akin to one in all John Keel’s so-called “Window Areas?” Maybe.